Foreskin face cream

Charlie - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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In the business of vanity almost anything goes. Creams, lotions, and cosmetics are reported to be made out many things that most people would be repulsed by. Fish scales in lipsticks, cow placenta in

anti-aging products, crushed female cochineal insects in shampoo, and human foreskin in face cream.



Foreskin fibroblasts are used to grow and cultivate new cells that are then used for a variety of purposes. From the fibroblasts new skin for burn victims can be grown, skin to cover diabetic ulcers, and controversially it is also used to make cosmetic creams and collagens. One foreskin can be used for decades to grow $100,000 worth of fibroblasts.



Debate is growing over the ethics of using human foreskins for cosmetic purposes. One such cosmetic company, SkinMedica is raising a stir over their use of the growth hormone left over from growing artificial skin from foreskin fibroblasts. Dr. Fitzpatrick, who invented SkinMedica, works with a supplier that uses foreskin fibroblast to make injectable collagen. The foreskins that he receives the growth hormone for are used especially for cosmetics rather than for growing new skin for medical patients.



SkinMedica, which sells for over $100 for a 63-oz. bottle, was made famous by Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. Winfrey in fact has promoted SkinMedica several times on her show and website. Discussions about the ethics of using human foreskins for vanity have been circulating on the web but there has not been a response from Winfrey on this debate.



What are your views on using human foreskin for profit ?

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Sharon - posted on 05/21/2010

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LOL ok Fiona... being a mom who circ'd... even offering me cash wouldn't have swayed me to circ.



Now the weak minded, yeah.



Propaganda... if you're dumb enough to fall for simple propaganda - you're gonna fall for a lot.



But I agree, they could do that, they could just pay others who support circ'ing and not do it themselves, which is more likely.



But i honestly think that if the whole world stopped circ'ing tomorrow, they'd just find other cells to replace the foreskin cells but their product would cost more.



Ok and this buying & selling thing... omg... I just envisioned a box full of foreskins ready for shipping being handed off by a doc ... lmao oh god, stupid imagination...(a very large box, btw.)

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Sharon, no I don't so much think that mothers who are anti-circ already after having done their own research to reach that conclusion will easily be swayed by pharmaceutical companies. My concern is there are a lot of mothers and mothers to be who are undecided about circumcision and a lot of mothers who choose to circumcise based on incorrect, irrelevant or lack of information. There is the potential for pharmaceutical companies (who manufacture products like the one in the OP) to incentivise doctors to perform unnecessary procedures, or sway their patients to seek these procedures for their children as well as supplying and flooding society with biased propaganda to unfairly weight one side of the provision of information in the circumcision debate; all in the name of harvesting ingredients or ensuring a constant supply of ingredients for their products.

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I am a little concerned by where the foreskins are coming from and whether this will contribute towards pharmaceutical companies adding their weight to propaganda to encourage unnecessary circumcision. The fact that the fibroblast cells are self-propagating and thus used for long periods of time requiring minimal acquisition of new tissue reminds me of the fact that human diploid cells from aborted foetuses are used in the manufacture of many vaccinations and that people with religious and philosophical objections to abortion are told pretty much the same thing to alleviate their concerns that they are somehow complicit in the act. There may be a small need for the ingredients but this is still a need and I agree with Loureen that the power of profit is an element in promoting the product as well as promoting harvesting of the ingredients.

I think that there needs to be much clearer labelling of all products and transparency of companies in disclosing their ingredients and the techniques used in collecting or creating those ingredients. That way if people want to use these products, then more power to them but at least they will have a better idea of what has gone into it. And those that have issue with the ingredients are able to make an informed choice given all the facts.

LaCi - posted on 05/20/2010

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There are a lot of products that use foreskin. My problem with it is the encouragement of circumcision for foreskin harvesting, which can and does happen. There is a huge profit to be made of circumcision when you get into things like this.

I'm a vegetarian, I don't use products with any animal ingredients.... I wonder if that counts? I mean, they don't kill people for foreskin. Not that I want it. You can get these cells from several places, foreskin is just convenient because its cheap medical waste.

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Jess - posted on 05/24/2010

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I guess if its grown man who decides to get the procedure than he has the right to say where the skin ends up. If he says its ok to put it into a cream then so be it !

Suzette - posted on 05/21/2010

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Horrible, but hilarious Krista! lol. Sorry kati... lol.

Why use foreskins? I've read (and heard from women who've done this - eww) that semen does the same thing for skin.

Now, I will say I will definitely try the foreskin cream over rubbing semen all over my skin. LOL. At least someone has put it into a cream and I'm not wiping my husband's little soldiers all over me. Just... yuck. If it was put into a cream, I'd have no problem with that, but just... sorry, eww.

As for the debate on this prompting more people to circ with propaganda or money, if it does then they were already thinking about it to begin with. You don't change your mind on something like that, in regard to your child, that you're dead set against if you weren't already thinking of doing it. That's like a mother who is hell bent on breast feeding suddenly changing her mind to formula feeding. (I did that.) The only reason I did that is because of side effects of medication that I have to take for epilepsy. Yes, I was already thinking of doing it, due to other issues (like sleep deprivation causing seizures) but I didn't fully change my mind until the side effects came up.

It's like a man who sees a woman in a bikini advertising beer. Most of them have some sort of ad like this, they're not all flocking to buy every beer, they usually have one set beer they buy. The woman is just eye candy.

Krista - posted on 05/21/2010

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Sharon, you are going to have that song in your head for the rest of the evening, aren't you?

The fun part is if you're singing it and one of the people with whom you're singing has a 2-syllable name that rhymes with "me". Instead of the second "For me!" in the chorus, you sing their name.

So let's use Kati as an example, just to embarrass her:

Pulllllllll back! Pulllllll back!
Oh, pull back my foreskin for me! Kati!

Sharon - posted on 05/21/2010

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omfg krista... lmao... omg.... rotfl hahahahaha ::: pant ::: ::: pant :::: BREATHE

Krista - posted on 05/21/2010

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This whole conversation reminds me of a song we used to sing at camp....

/sings to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

My one-skin lies over my two-skin
My two-skin lies over my three (one, two, threeeeeee)
My three-skin lies over my foreskin
So pull back my foreskin for me!

(Everybody sing!)

Puuuuull back!
Puuulll back!
Oh pull back my foreskin for me! For me!
Puuuulllll back!
Pulllll back!
Oh pull back my foreskin for me!

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I wonder if this will open the door for using semen in face cream? My boyfriend always said it would be good for my skin.

?? - posted on 05/21/2010

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Quoting Kati:

i rub my husbands weiner all over my face anyway, so why not this?!




OMG ROFLMMFAO I pee'd a lil bit laughing at that

Celia - posted on 05/21/2010

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I'm going to say first off that now I'm pissed that I had to pay $300 for my son to get fis forskin snipped!! I could have used the money and sold it! kidding... I dont want anyone having his DNA otherwise I would have sold it in a heartbeat!

No I wouldent use the cream, I use bargain basement Lubriderm and leave it at that. I wont waste my $ on looking younger :p

Sharon - posted on 05/21/2010

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Fiona... I'm curious... what do you think a pharmaceutical company could say that would change the mind of anti circ mom?

Sharon - posted on 05/21/2010

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Says you Kate!!! I'll use virtually anything to stave the appearance of old age!



Foreskin? HELL YEAH! Bring it on.

LaCi - posted on 05/21/2010

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I changed my mind. I just can't help myself, I'm buying it now. It's like when I saw the BareMinerals commercials and had to buy it because I couldn't believe it would possibly do what they said- it does by the way, its amazing. So yeah, I'll throw my ideals aside and try it out lol.

Charlie - posted on 05/20/2010

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I dont doubt the power of money to make someone promote circumcision , i personally think its one of the few reasons and professional would promote it , i do find it interesting that Opera basically sold it on her show and that her employee Dr Oz then went on to tell of the benefits of circ , KA-CHING $



Skinmedica pays opera , opera pays Dr Oz Sounds like a no brainer to me .







Anyhoo .... im trying not to make this a debate on circ . as hard as it is , most of us know where we all stand on this what concerns me is the blatant selling of human flesh , there is already a massive underground problem with the sale of human flesh and organs , where people are killed and mutilated for profit , this , i feel just feeds into this .



Donations of organs and flesh for medical reasons , sure , it is a choice we make for medical benefit , it saves many lives BUT to profit for beauty off peoples flesh is sick IMO.

Rosie - posted on 05/20/2010

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i really don't see people promoting circumcisions just for face cream. just as i don't see how having cream with cells from a terminated fetus would make more people go out and get abortions. thata probably why it's so exspensive.

Charlie - posted on 05/20/2010

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I agree Laci that this could promote circumcision for all the usual "reasons " as a guise to profit through harvesting and creating this "miracle cream " and using only the foreskin of a newborn .

Another disturbing discovery is Neocutis , another face cream -- but this one uses cells grown from a terminated fetus , how far will people go for beauty and at what price ?
The price of an amputation or death of a child ?
This is what people are willing to do and it throws a huge shadow of doubt over the true intentions of many in the medical field who still promote this out of date practice , i hear the pay is good in the beauty world .

Caitlin - posted on 05/20/2010

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LOL Kati.. interesting visual... I wouldn't buy it or use it.. But seriously, why not?

Rosie - posted on 05/20/2010

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i rub my husbands weiner all over my face anyway, so why not this?! i have no problem with it, i probably wouldn't use it, it does weird me out, and it's hella expensive, but i don't see the problem with it.

LaCi - posted on 05/20/2010

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I'll be buying some new face products soon, definitely won't be foreskin. I'll go with my plant based prospect. ;)

Jocelyn - posted on 05/20/2010

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Lol LaCi I was wondering the same thing; is it considered an animal product? :P
Anywho, I don't think I would use it, but I don't see why it shouldn't be used. If they are just going to throw the bits out, why not put them to use? Fighting wrinkles might not be the best use of the product lol, but if you want to... The only thing that I would have a major problem with is if/when they are encouraging circ for this matter only.

Kate CP - posted on 05/19/2010

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So...basically...I'm rubbing a wiener on my face?


...I'd rather have wrinkles.

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